Compacts


Sony Steps Up AF Game with New a6500 and RX100V

October 6, 2016

Sony has pulled back the curtain on a new flagship APS-C camera, the a6500, and a new advanced compact, the RX100 V.

The a6500 was developed in response to the growing number of professionals using the company’s a6300. The new model boasts a 24-megapixel sensor with 425 AF points and 11 fps shooting. A major development is the improved buffer – the camera can now shoot for up to 20 seconds at 11 fps with AF engaged.

You can use the camera’s touchscreen display to select focus points. When composing through the viewfinder, you can slid your finger across the LCD to change AF points.

There’s also in-camera, 5-axis image stabilization good for up to 5 stops of correction—a first for the APS-C category. Better still, the overall size of the camera isn’t larger than the a6300.

The a6500 has improved sensitivity to ISO 51,200 and offers 4K video recording. The body is more customizable with 10 buttons that can be customized.

The a6500 will ship in November for $1,400.

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Then there’s the potent-yet-portable fifth generation of its RX100 compact camera.

The latest model boasts a 1-inch, 20-megapixel CMOS sensor packed with 315 phase-detect AF points covering 65 percent of the frame. This generous AF coverage, coupled with a new front-end LSI processor, give the camera the ability to shoot at a very brisk 24 fps with AF and AE engaged.

You’ll find a built-in 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens.

The camera records 4K video with no pixel binning and has a longer 960 fps slow-mo mode than its predecessor.

It will ship in the U.S. in October for $1,000.